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Danzig Connection (April 6, 1983 – December 1, 2010) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the Belmont Stakes.

Danzig Connection
SireDanzig
GrandsireNorthern Dancer
DamGdynia
DamsireSir Ivor
SexStallion
FoaledApril 6, 1983[1]
CountryUnited States
ColourBay
BreederKennelot Stables
OwnerHenryk de Kwiatkowski
TrainerWoody Stephens
Record17: 6-5-4
Earnings$1,002,620
Major wins
Peter Pan Stakes (1986)
Pegasus Stakes (1986) Triple Crown race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1986)
Last updated on May 15, 2007

BackgroundEdit

Owned and bred by Henryk de Kwiatkowski under his Kennelot Stables banner, Danzig Connection was sired by Kwaitkowski's champion, Danzig. His dam Gdynia (sired by Sir Ivor) was a moderate racehorse but a good broodmare who also produced the Dwyer Stakes winner Roi Danzig. She was a distant female-line descendant of La France, an American broodmare who was the ancestor of dam of Phalanx, Johnstown and Decidedly.[2]

He was trained by Hall of Fame trainer Woody Stephens,

Racing careerEdit

Danzig Connection raced at age two in 1985. At the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey, he defeated Storm Cat to capture the World Appeal Stakes. The two colts then reversed positions in the Meadowlands' Young America Stakes.

As a three-year-old, in May 1986 Danzig Connection won the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park under jockey Pat Day. The biggest win of his career came under jockey Chris McCarron when he won the 1986 Belmont Stakes, defeating Ferdinand and giving trainer Stephens his record fifth straight Belmont victory. From there, the colt went on to finish fourth in the Suburban Handicap. He was third to winner Wise Times in the Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park and second to him in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. At the Meadowlands, he won September's Pegasus Stakes over Broad Brush and Ogygian. Finally, in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, his career finale, Danzig Connection was third to the winner Creme Fraiche, also trained by Woody Stephens.

Stud recordEdit

Retired to stud, his progeny met with limited success and in 2003 he was sent to stand at a breeding operation in Italy. His offspring included Iktamal. He died in Sicily in 2010.[3]

PedigreeEdit

Pedigree of Danzig Connection (USA), bay stallion, 1983[1]
Sire
Danzig (USA)
1977
Northern Dancer (CAN)
1961
Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Almahmoud
Pas de Nom (USA)
1961
Admiral's Voyage Crafty Admiral
Olympia Lou
Petitioner (GB) Petition
Steady Aim
Dam
Gdynia (USA)
1978
Sir Ivor (USA)
1965
Sir Gaylord Turn-To
Somethingroyal
Attica Mr Trouble
Athenia
Classicist (USA)
1965
Princequillo (IRE) Prince Rose
Cosquilla
Classic Music Stymie
Jaconda (Family: 17-b)[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Danzig Connection pedigree". Equineline.
  2. ^ a b "Biddy - Family 17-b". Thoroughbred Bloodlines. Retrieved 2014-08-17.
  3. ^ http://www.drf.com/news/belmont-win-offers-no-guarantee-success-stud